“….for those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Yesterday we talked about finding that one thing that you MUST do. Today we want to discuss why it matters.
Paul says that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. The Greek word he uses for purpose is prothesis. It means “a setting forth.” The idea being that our lives have been set forth by the Lord – beforehand. Paul writes, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10, NIV). The Psalmist sang, “You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!” (Psalm 139:16, TLB).
Clearly God has a purpose for your life. That being so, then it obviously matters whether or not you find out what that purpose is – and fulfill it. It is certain that if we are being led by the Spirit of God then our path will inevitably intersect with those divine markers whereby we are taken into God’s higher purpose for our lives.
I cannot tell you what your purpose is; indeed nobody can. But we can provide assistance to help you discover it for yourself. And to that end I will offer you this insight. There are three things God created every person to do. THAT you do them is God’s will for you. And, HOW you do them is where you find your purpose in life.
What are those three things you ask? God made you in His image. There are three things about God that are also true about you. God creates; God loves; and God gives. And so do we. Indeed, so MUST we.
God created you with an internal drive that compels you yourself to create. In whatever way it finds meaningful expression through you, there is deep within you a God-given need to create something with your life. “Be fruitful and multiply” is what God said to Adam and Eve. This isn’t just about having babies. You were created to create! And vast are the fields of opportunity in which you may explore the boundless possibilities presented by your God-given imagination and creativity.
The truth be told, you must create. You must find a way to employ your talents, abilities, resources and imagination to produce something meaningful, beautiful, and lasting. This is at the heart of our longing for legacy; that deep inner sense that our lives mattered; that we made a difference. Yes, you and I were created to create.
You were also created to love. A famous line from English poet John Donne, say, “No man is an island.” That phrase lingers in our literature because it touches a deeper truth that lives in our hearts. You and I were created by a loving God to love others. “This is My commandment that you love one another, as I have loved you: (John 15:12).
It is the one thing that nobody needs to be taught how to do. We each own its truth in the deepest parts of our being. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” God Himself encoded us with that Golden Rule, and it is the driving power of a life that lives in love.
When we love, we experience a deep sense of fulfillment. All other abilities and talents are launched from love; it is the power drive of our highest purpose as a individual. God is love, and He has called us into love; to live a life of love toward others. The Holy Spirit will assuredly lead us into this life if we follow Him. Indeed, “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who is given unto us” (Romans 5:5)
You were created by God to create, to love, and you were created to give. We will talk more about this tomorrow….